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Director's Message

February 26, 2021
Dear CRSS Families,
Inclement Weather
Although the days are getting longer and this week we have been in a warm streak, we are not out of the woods yet in terms of inclement weather. March has been known to bring Minnesota heavy snowfalls. Our school calendar follows the Faribault Public School calendar. Both Faribault Public Schools and CRSS have two snow days built into the 2020-2021 academic year. We have not had to use either snow day yet. In the event of school closure due to severe weather, you will be contacted through School Messenger via email, text and phone. 
Please make sure that your child continues to come to school with a winter jacket, snow pants, boots, hat and mittens. We go outside for recess everyday that the temperature and wind chill allow. We also spend time outside for gym class, with our school Naturalist and to participate in environmental education activities. 
March 11 and 12 Will Be Distance Learning Days
Please mark your calendars that Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 will be distance learning days for all students K-8. Twenty of our teachers and staff members are scheduled to receive their second vaccine on March 10. They could experience side effects requiring them to stay home for one or more days. This would leave our school understaffed and not able to adequately supervise all of the students. We are switching to distance learning on March 11 and 12 to ensure the safety of your children. 
Childcare for Tier 1 Employees
On March 11 and 12 childcare for Tier 1 employees will be offered at CRSS. We will be sending out a survey to Tier 1 families to find out how many students will be present at childcare on those days. 
Spring Break Is Fast Approaching!
As you know, Cannon River STEM School's spring break is March 15-19. That's just two weeks away! We hope your family will be able to rest and spend time together during your spring break vacation. 
Annual Meeting
Our school's Annual Meeting took place virtually last Thursday night. The new Board Members introduced themselves, we shared pictures and short videos of student projects and activities, and we learned about the state of our school over the past year. Thank you to all who were able to join us. If you would like to review the information that we covered during the meeting, you can do so by reading our World's Best Workforce Report. 
Facemask Reminder
Although students have been doing a very good job wearing face masks, please have a conversation with your child about the importance of continuing to wear a facemask at school. Please check that your child has a facemask every morning before leaving home. Students who ride the school bus must wear a facemask on the bus. 
Clark Taynton Is Student Teaching in 2nd Grade!
Theresa Gunderson
Interim Executive Director

Recent News

Executive Director Job Opening

The Cannon River STEM School Board of Directors seeks an Executive Director for the Cannon River STEM School. This position reports to the board and will provide usual and customary executive school leader services to the board, staff, students and families in the Cannon River STEM School community. It is a full-time, year-round, onsite position. Highly qualified, successful, and interested parties are invited to consider and apply for this exceptional charter school leadership opportunity.

2021 CRSS February Conferences

It is time for CRSS February 2021 Conferences! Go here to sign up:
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Cannon River STEM School New Substitute System

Coming Soon! Cannon River STEM School will be partnering with Frontline Absence Management, formerly Aesop, for our Substitute Teachers and Paraprofessionals. Please watch for more details. If you are interested in being a substitute please contact Jennifer Clark at

CRSS Student City of Faribault 2020 Stormwater Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to the Cannon River STEM School Students who were selected as winners of the City of Faribault 2020 Stormwater Poster Contest. This contest was held in collaboration with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. All of these students received an award of various types, which could have included Faribault Aquatic Center Tickets, Open Gym Punch Cards, Park & Rec Bags and T-Shirts, etc. Name listed below poster is the artist and winner. (Please click on the article title to view the whole article, including winning posters with names.)
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Cannon River STEM School Current Learning Plan

CRSS will return to in person learning for K-2 on January 19, 2021 and 3-5 on February 2, 2021, and will resume the A/B Hybrid Model for 6-8 on January 19, 2021. Please click on the article title to be taken to the page with our current learning plan for more details.
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Cannon River STEM School Tab Challenge

On your mark, get set, start collecting! Cannon River STEM School collects tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Click on article title to see a graphic with more information.
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Free COVID-19 Community Testing

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